IFEL CEO Jill Johnson
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Berkeley College Bestows Women’s Empowerment Award to IFEL CEO Jill Johnson

Johnson was honored for achievements as a visionary, small business champion and inclusion advocate on a mission to make the entrepreneurial ecosystem more equitable for minority entrepreneurs.

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership CEO Jill Johnson was recently honored with the Women’s Empowerment Award from Berkeley College. The award celebrates women at the forefront of business, government, media, public health, entertainment, fashion and more. The college bestowed it during the Seventh Annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) Summit. This year’s summit was entitled “The Future Is Women.”

Honoring Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL). IFEL is a non-profit business consulting organization she founded with her father in 2002. Through her visionary leadership, IFEL has created an innovative platform for businesses to accelerate their growth through three signature programs: Small Businesses Need Us, Women of Color Connecting featuring the ‘Success Circles’ model and The Making of Black Angels. Johnson has nearly 30 years of experience as a business strategist with expertise in financial analysis, marketing and business development. She is an advocate for community businesses and microenterprises and is a leading authority and champion for inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems. She speaks on topics such as community economic development, business plan development, women’s entrepreneurship, small business growth and creating a new paradigm for access to capital.

“I am proud to receive this very special award, which shines a bright light on the amazing achievements of women both past and present and honors their courage to change society and advance opportunities for more women in the future,” Johnson stated.

Berkeley College Vice-President of Communications & External Relations Angela Harrington, founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, stated, “We believe that bringing women’s voices forward is an important part of building an equitable society. Our students can be inspired and introduced to the movers and shakers, who at one time were just like them. To bring that inspiration forward for our students is incredible.”

For more information on IFEL programs and events, visit https://www.weareifel.org.

About the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Founded in 2002, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) is an independent, not‐for‐profit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our mission is to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent entrepreneurs of color from being able to access the knowledge, networks and capital required for business success. Visit us at https://www.weareifel.org.